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Recommendations for greywater management in rural India

Published on: 06/11/2020

Woman cleaning toilet, Odisha, India

Role of technology and local government in waste water management. Expert views from a thematic discussion and webinar.

Photo caption: Woman washing clothes in Odisha, India. Credit: IRC

India is investing INR 1,409 billion (US$ 19 billion) in the 2nd phase of its national rural sanitation programme, the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). While the goal in the first phase was eliminating open defecation by constructing toilets, the goals in the second phase are much more ambitious, with a major focus on solid and liquid waste management (SLWM).

In August 2020, the India Chapter of SuSanA hosted a thematic discussion and webinar on Liquid Waste Management in SBM 2. IRC Associate Nitya Jacob has compiled a synthesis document based on the discussions and contributions of experts from government, NGOs and academia. Main topics of discussion were cost-effective, technically simple options for liquid waste management (LWM), the technical skills needed to make and maintain these structures and local government model LWM plans for both small and larger villages.

The synthesis document ends with a series of recommendations on technical solutions and the role of local government.

Speakers at the webinar included:

The thematic discussion and webinar are part of the Thematic Discussion Series on Innovations in WASH organised and hosted by the India Chapter of SuSanA in collaboration the India Sanitation Coalition, IRC and WaterAid India.

View the video recording of the webinar below. The “Liquid waste management in SBM II : synthesis document” is available under Resources.